As compared to the other three Gospels and their profuse ethical teaching, the ethics of John seems to be restricted to ch. 13, “the new commandment” of love. Hence the accusation that it is limited, scanty and far from being part of an overall ethical system. This will prove to be true only if we understand the ethics of any Gospel as being a collection of moral laws and their interpretations. In that case the Gospel of John (GJ) is indeed poor in terms of its ethical content. Making use of some methods of the antique literature, this paper aims to testify to the hidden ethical dimensions of the GJ, beyond the immediate ethical laws.
In the following study we intend to give an overall description of the
Eucharistic prayers of the Apocryphal Acts that had been missing from
the contemporary literature up till today. First we will consider the
Eucharistic character of the so called “Hymn of the Dancing Christ” in AJ
ch. 94-96, which has been a debated question. After a detailed analysis a
synthesis is to be given, of the six or seven prayers, with the help of
narrative, religious-historical and philological approaches. It is also intended
to examine docetic and gnostic influences in them. Then we will cast a glance
at the complexity of the trajectories (or trends of thought) of the tradition
of Eucharistical rites. It also seems necessary to compare them with the
Eucharistic prayers of the ancient church (Didaché, Justinos Martyr). Of course
we could not omit a theological interpretation of their main concepts.